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'Hear the Ambassadors'

Discover the little known history of Henry Wotton, ambassador to James I

Step back in time for a glimpse into seventeenth century diplomacy

‘Hear the Ambassadors’ represents a collaboration between one of the UK’s most prestigious cultural institutions, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and the University of Warwick. 

Drawing on original research by Professor Carol Chillington Rutter, University of Warwick, it illustrates the performance of democracy with objects, documents and early printed books from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s internationally-designated collections, together with facsimile paintings including Fialetti’s panoramic View of Venice (courtesy of Eton College) and Carpaccio's Duck Hunting on the Lagoon (Getty Museum) .  

The exhibition takes us into the world of Henry Wotton, who was charged with re-instating diplomatic relations between London and the Venetian Republic after a 50 year gap, just as Shakespeare was exposing audiences to the complexities of international diplomacy in plays ranging from Hamlet and Twelfth Night to Othello and Antony and Cleopatra.

This exhibition is open daily from 10-4pm and will be in the Marble Hall at Shakespeare's Birthplace. 

FREE entry with Birthplace and Full Story tickets.

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